Hendrix Wire & Cable has launched its Spacer Cable Systems for overhead distribution circuits.
The company says the Spacer Cable Systems can help reduce the amount of vegetation that must be removed when clearing rights of way for distribution circuits, because they are compact and can withstand temporary contact with branches without causing outages.
Unlike bare wire, which is spread over an eight-foot cross arm, a Spacer Cable circuit is confined to less than one foot, which reduces trimming requirements and allows multiple circuits to be placed on a single pole, or even on the same side of a single pole, Hendrix explains. The result can often lead to new circuits being added to existing poles without additional vegetation removal.
The Spacer Cable Systems are also designed with a covering that limits the electrical charge on the surface, thus allowing temporary contact with branches without causing a failure. Birds, squirrels and other wildlife also benefit, as phase-to-phase or phase-to-ground contact will not be lethal, the company adds.